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Re: 1939 (VC) Rear Bed. 8/4 White Oak 116" Length
Philipj #1368928 Mon Jul 13 2020 04:42 PM
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Keep in mind that hardwood lumber is sold by the board foot, not linear foot. 12" x 12" x 1" = one board foot. Sometimes people intermix the two terms so be aware as it can be a considerable difference in cost.

I agree with Tom, around here I contract with a local woodmizer owner to have lumber custom sawn but then again I live in an area that has abundant timber resources. As a point of reference, 2 years ago I had a guy come to my property to cut some white ash logs for me at a cost of 25 cents per board foot with me suppling the logs. As a very rough SWAG, and depending on lumber grade and kiln treatment, a FAS or #1 grade kiln dried white oak board should retail for around 3-5 dollars per board foot.

Try this sawmill, I am not certain that they do small sales but who knows: http://www.gilkeylumber.com/. This company is a bit closer to you: http://tshardwoods.com/

Also, during WW2, Chevrolet had a specification list of suitable lumber species for use in their trucks and nearly every major tree species was on that list. Evidently they were not too picky with wood quality, but then again they were considering the effective life of the vehicle in months not years. Baldwin Piano Company was one of the companies that made wood beds for vehicles during the steel shortage years of late 1942-early 1944.

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Re: 1939 (VC) Rear Bed. 8/4 White Oak 116" Length
Philipj #1368946 Mon Jul 13 2020 07:07 PM
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I can see how mixing the too units of measurement would easily happen if you don't work with it everyday... Thank you, I have contacted both sawmills for a quote, but in the meantime, someone else replied... The Hardwood Store Inc. in Gibsonville, N.C. 8/4 white Oak (S4S) 1.75 x 120" comes out to be $1268 which means $15.85 per board foot... Shipping another $270.00 bringing the total to $1538.00 Very pricey rear deck, but I have no choice...

Now the rest of the challenge means trying to get some steel bed strips that are 120" long... Would anyone know where to go?


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Re: 1939 (VC) Rear Bed. 8/4 White Oak 116" Length
Philipj #1369002 Tue Jul 14 2020 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Philipj
Now the rest of the challenge means trying to get some steel bed strips that are 120" long... Would anyone know where to go?

Buy whatever length is available and weld them together...way cheaper than shipping in oversized bed strips IF you find someone that has them...

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Re: 1939 (VC) Rear Bed. 8/4 White Oak 116" Length
Philipj #1369023 Tue Jul 14 2020 04:14 AM
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Mike B is right about shipping, but if you asked them, I bet Mar-K could whip up some 120" bed strips.


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